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April 7 · Issue #13 · View online
1/ A Tragedy In Syria
Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad
The US has radar images of bombers leaving a Syrian airbase, and dropping bombs in the same location where a chemical gas attack was reported minutes later. President Trump was changed by the images of children gasping for air, and by Thursday evening had ordered an attack on the Syrian airbase.
Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles
Just about every country, except for Russia, concluded the attack was the result of al-Assad’s regime, so I would anticipate that most of the world will remain supportive of the missile strike in the coming days. The major concern this raises is obviously what it means to our relationship with Russia, and if it drags us into another middle eastern war. In about 12 hours of continual news coverage, the general consensus seems to be that only time will tell where this goes. But, at a minimum, it’s a visible message to everyone from ISIS to North Korea, that the US is ready to drop bombs.
2/ White House Shakeup
The news that broke Wednesday that literally no one was expecting.
Bannon Loses National Security Council Role in Trump Shakeup
But looking around the news a little more, it’s ce
But looking around the news a little more, you find reports of Bannon v. Kushner infighting and that Bannon threatened to resign over losing his seat on the National Security Council. Pair this with the fact that Trump used the phrase “god bless the world” in his post-missile launch press conference last night - we may be in the middle of a split between the Trump administration, and the Alt-Right.
Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back
3/ House Intel Chair Third To Recuse Himself
The weeks long scandal of he said she said over whether or not the Obama Admin “wiretapped” (remember, it’s gota be in quotes)
The week’s long scandal of he-said-she-said over why House Intel Chair Devin Nunes went to the White House to receive intelligence, came back to Congress to hold a press conference, and then back to the White House to brief the President (and hold another press conference). After weeks of even members of his own party calling for it - Nunes has stepped aside from the investigation.
House intel chairman stepping aside from House Russia investigation
If you’re counting (news outlets are) this is the third person tied to the Trump Campaign that has taken a hit over the Russia scandal. First, it was Mike Flynn losing his job for lying to the VP about it. Then, it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigation into the scandal because he forgot to disclose meetings he had with the Russian Ambassador. And now, House Intel Chair.
4/ Remains Of The Week
I don’t normally do this, but a few other stories I didn’t have time to write on this week:
Jeff Sessions orders review of police reforms prompted by high-profile shootings
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Trump’s budget would hit rural towns especially hard — but they’re willing to trust him
Tillerson denounces Russia, reminds NATO allies on spending
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